UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Polish Level 1 Beginners

Course description: Level 1 is for complete beginners or those with minimal knowledge of Polish. The course runs over three ten-week terms and each session is two hours long. The course includes all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The aim of the course is to enable students to function in simple everyday situations. The course will cover the following:


  • greetings
  • introducing oneself, friends and family
  • describing how one feels
  • describing people
  • describing environment: classroom, home and city
  • discussing hobbies, activities, and preferences
  • describing daily routines
  • ordering food in a restaurant or café
  • buying food
  • going shopping and shopping for clothes
  • organising a meeting
  • booking a taxi and ordering things
  • numbers, days, months, and dates; simple time expressions


  • introductions and greetings
  • formal and informal forms of address
  • giving polite orders
  • making requests
  • descriptive texts (describing people, home and city)
  • expressing likes and dislikes
  • describing skills, wishes and plans
  • organising meetings and appointments
  • giving polite orders


  • consonants and vowels in Polish
  • conjugation of verbs
  • cases (Nominative, Genetive, Accusative and Instrumental)
  • personal, possessive and demontrative pronouns
  • cardinal and ordinal numbers
  • negation, questions and word order
  • agreement patterns
  • adjectives and comparison of adjectives

Learning resources:

Course Book

  • M. Malolepsza, A. Szymkiewicz, Hurra po polsku 1, Krakow: Prolog 2010.

Additional material

  • I. Stempek, A. Stelmach, S. Dawidek, A. Szymkiewicz, Polski Krok po kroku, Krakow: polish-courses.com 2010.
  • B. Serafin, A. Achtelik, Miło mi panią poznać. Język polski w sytuacjach komunikacyjnych, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego 2001.
  • D. Gałtyga, Ach, ten język polski!, Kraków; Universitas 2001.
  • J. Lechowicz, J. Podsiadły, Ten, ta, to, Łódź: WING 2007.
  • I. Stempek, Gry i zabawy językowe. Polski krok po kroku, Krakow: polish-courses.com 2012.
  • T. Pelc, Teraz polski. Gry i ćwiczenia komunikacyjne, Łódź: WING 1997.
  • A. Seretny, A co to takiego? Obrazkowy słownik języka polskiego, Kraków: Universitas 2003.
  • M. Szelc-Mays, Nowe słowa – stare rzeczy, Kraków: Wydawnictwo Zakonu Pijarów 1999.
  • M. Pasieka, Język polski dla cudzoziemców. Ćwiczenia dla początkujących, Wrocław: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego 2001.
  • J. Machowska, Gramatyka? Dlaczego nie? Ćwiczenia gramatyczne dla poziomu A1, Krakow: Universitas 2011.
  • D. Bielec, Polish. An Essential Grammar, London: Routledge 1998.
  • K. Janecki, 301 Polish Verbs, New York: Barron’s Educational Series 2000.
  • J. Fisiak, Collins English-Polish and Polish-English Dictionary. Collins słownik angielsko-polski i polsko-angielski, Warszawa: BGW 1997.